Six world powers make new offer on Iran nuclear

Six key world powers agreed Friday to make a new offer to Iran over its disputed nuclear programme, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said after talks Friday.

“I am glad to say that we have got agreement on an offer that will be made to the government of Iran,” Miliband said, after discussions with his counterparts from the United States, Germany, France, Russia and China.

In a brief statement, Miliband added that the powers had “reviewed and updated” an offer made to Iran in June 2006, but that the contents of the new proposal would only be disclosed to Iran.

“We will be transmitting that offer, we won’t be revealing details except to the government of Iran and we very much hope that they will recognise the seriousness and the severity with which we have approached this issue and that they will respond in a timely manner to the suggestions we are making.”

He said the proposal was designed to show Tehran “the benefits of cooperating with the international community.”

The five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany have been seeking to persuade Tehran to rein in its nuclear work.

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Tibetan monks held for ‘bomb plot’

Nine Tibetan Buddhist monks have been arrested for involvement in an alleged bomb attack on a government building in China’s Tibetan region, the official Xinhua News Agency says.

The monks from the Tongxia monastery fled after the homemade bomb exploded at the building in Gyanbe township on March 23, and later confessed to planting the explosive, Xinhua said late on Saturday.

Xinhua did not explain why the alleged incident was not reported earlier, and it did mention any casualties or damage in the explosion.

A man who answered the phone at the Gongjue county “public security bureau” confirmed that nine suspects had been detained.

Six were planting the bomb and three were shielding the suspects and covering up their crimes, he said.

The man refused to give his name because he said he was not authorised to talk to the media.

A woman at the Tibetan regional public security department said she was not sure about the case because it was still under investigation.

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Xinjiang: China’s ‘other Tibet’

xiajing.jpgWhile reports of unrest in Tibet frequently grab headlines around the
world, little attention is given to what several human rights groups
have dubbed China’s “other Tibet”.

China‘s frontier┬áto Central Asia, the vast western region of Xinjiang
has in recent years seen escalating ethnic tensions and the imposition
of a heavy military presence to suppress what Beijing says is a
growing terrorist threat.

Covering an area more than three times the size of France, Xinjiang has long been an important crossroads of trade and culture.

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Chinese Media: ‘Crush’ Tibet Protests

china_police.jpgThe flagship newspaper of China’s ruling Communist
Party called Saturday for efforts to “resolutely crush”
anti-government demonstrations by Tibetans, while
Beijing urged people to turn in those on a
“Most Wanted” list of 21 protesters.

As Chinese troops smothered Tibetan-heavy areas to avert additional unrest, U.S. presidential hopeful John McCain, a Republican, and House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, joined a growing international chorus of criticism against the crackdown.

The protests, which started in Lhasa on the March 10 anniversary of a failed uprising against Chinese rule, turned violent four days later and touched off demonstrations among Tibetans in three other provinces.

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Tibet protesters ordered to surrender

lhasa-riots.jpgBeijing has given rioters in Tibet until midnight on
Monday to surrender after at least ten people were
killed in violent protests against Chinese rule in the

The Chinese government responded to Friday’s unrest by sending in tanks and enforcing a curfew on to the streets of the Tibetan capital Lhasa on Saturday, according to witnesses.

“Criminals who do not surrender themselves by the deadline will be sternly punished according to the law,” a notice on the Tibet government website said.

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